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FHOM 1st To Offer Electronic Birth Certificates

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Joanne Magley, 386.671.5092
Michelle Lynch, 386.671.5096

Partnership Allows New Parents to Receive Baby’s Birth Certificate in Days Instead of Weeks

March 17, 2009 (Ormond Beach, FL) --- Moms delivering babies at Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial (FHOM) can now get their infants’ birth certificates in as little as two days. FHOM is the first hospital in Volusia County to go online with new Electronic Birth Records (EBR).

“We’re excited to be the first to provide East Central Florida parents this important service within our hospital,” said Rebecca Vernon, FHOM BirthCare Center director. “The joy of a new child shouldn’t be spoiled by unnecessary worry about paperwork.  New moms and dads have enough on their minds. Now they can concentrate on their newest family member and know when they leave the hospital, the birth certificate should be available within days, not weeks or months.”

With more than 1,000 births last year, FHOM can now file birth certificates with the Office of Vital Statistics within minutes, allowing new mothers and fathers to preview the document faster than before. 

The new electronic system takes the middle person out of the equation. Birth certificates are completed online, signed electronically by the new mother and father at the bedside and sent electronically directly to the state. No more lengthy paperwork, delays with mail services, or a middle person means a more efficient process and increased patient satisfaction.

Traditional paper birth certificates required three separate points for transferring information – from the hospital to the local or county registrar and then to the state agency. Information was gathered by hand and then eventually logged into a computer, with copies sent to the federal government. This multi-step process created many opportunities for errors.                      

“We’re proud to partner with the Volusia County Health Department and the Vital Statistics program to offer these services right here at the hospital,” said Michele Goeb-Burkett, vice president of clinical services. “This is another example of how we’re improving patient experiences by offering outstanding clinical care and amenities to families who choose to have their babies here.”